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"Amicizie e maccheroni, sono meglio caldi." (Friendships and macaroni are best when they are warm..) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Broccoli with Anchovies
  -Green Cream Soup
  -Spaghetti Carbonara

"Un caloroso saluto!" Everyone here at our little bakery is thankful for the experience you're giving us with helping out in your kitchen. We'll always be on that journey to find you more and more great traditional and modern Italian recipes. Please share this newsletter if you feel like it. See you next month

Arrivederci and grazie again!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       


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 Recipe: Broccoli with Anchovies

Broccoli with Anchovies
Broccoletti Alle Acciughe

Ingredients:

2 and 1/4 lbs (1 kg) sprouting broccoli, cut into florets
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves
3 oz (80 grams) salted anchovies
1/2 fresh chilli, seeded and chopped
Salt

Directions:

Cook the broccoli in salted, boiling water for about 15 minutes.

Fillet the whole salted anchovies by cutting off the head and tails, and press along the backbones with your thumb.

Soak in cold water for 10 minutes and then drain.

Chop the anchovy fillets.

Heat the olive oil in a pan.

Add the garlic and chilli and cook for l minute.

Add the anchovies and cook, mashing with a wooden spoon until they have almost completely disintegrated.

Remove and discard the garlic.

Drain the broccoli.

Add to the pan, mix well and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.

Serve immediately. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Green Cream Soup

Green Cream Soup
Zuppa Crema Verde

Ingredients:

For the Vegetable Stock:
3 cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 turnips, coarsely chopped
2 leeks, trimmed and coarsely chopped
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
2 potatoes, coarsely chopped
2 onions, coarsely chopped
1 celery stick, coarsely chopped
Salt

For the Soup:
2 leeks, white part only, thinly sliced
3 potatoes, diced
9 oz (250 grams) watercress, chopped
1/4 pint (150 ml) pint double cream
1 oz (25 grams) butter
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper
Buttered toasted croutons, to serve

Directions:

Prepare the Vegetable Stock:
Place all the vegetables in a large saucepan, pour in 1.5 liters (2 and 1/2 pints) of water, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer gently for about 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then strain into a bowl pressing down well on the vegetables with a wooden spoon.

Prepare the Soup:
Melt the butter in a saucepan.

Add the leeks and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, tor 5 minutes until softened.

Add the potatoes.

Pour in 1 and 3/4 pints (1 liter) of the stock and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes.

Add the watercress and nutmeg.

Season with salt and pepper.

Cook tor another 10 minutes.

Transfer to a food processor and process to a puree.

Pour into a pan.

Stir in the cream and reheat briefly.

Serve with toasted croutons lightly spread with butter. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara
Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Ingredients:

1 oz (25 grams) butter
3 and 1/2 oz (100 grams) pancetta, diced
1 garlic clove
12 oz (350 grams) spaghetti
2 eggs, beaten
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) Parmigiano cheese, freshly grated
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) Pecorino cheese, freshly grated
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Melt the butter in a pan.

Add the pancetta and garlic and cook until the garlic turns brown.

Remove and discard the garlic.

Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of salted, boiling water until 'al dente'.

Drain and add to the pancetta.

Remove the pan from the heat.

Pour in the eggs.

Add half of the Parmigiano and half of the Pecorino cheeses.

Season with pepper.

Mix well so that the egg coats the pasta.

Add the remaining cheeses, mix again and serve. Serves 4.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates & reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news resources in Italy. Each story is slapped with our wild, often ironic, and sometimes rather opinionated comments. And now, for your reading pleasure:

Pope Very Disappointed: "Why Are Nuns Without Joy? SMILE!"

Assisi - October 4, 2013 - During a visit to a cloistered convent in the central Italian city of Assisi, Pope Francis berated nuns whose fixed smiles betray "a lack of joy that comes from within".

"I am so disappointed when I meet nuns who are joyless, who may smile with the smile of a flight attendant but not with the smile of joy that comes from within", the pontiff told nuns at the Santa Chiara cloistered convent.

Living in an enclosed order must not be "purgatory", Francis told the nuns.

"Nuns must not be too spiritual, and must endeavor to be experts in humanity in order that convent life is not purgatory," he said.

He urged the nuns to embrace communal living and to live together like members of a happy, loving family.

"Know how to forgive, how to tolerate each other because the devil takes every opportunity to divide us. Nurture friendships with each other and family life. And don't brag!" he told the nuns.

He was accompanied to Assisi by eight cardinals, with whom he has spent the past three days discussing a radical program of reform for the scandal-tainted Vatican government beginning with the drafting of a new constitution.

Francis He wants to see an overhaul of the Church, bringing it closer to ordinary people.

AH, SEE? Here come the flashbacks again from those Catholic School years...along with the cold sweat, anger and the question that crossed our minds over and over, "Porca Eva, now what did I do?"

Pope: "I am so disappointed when I meet nuns who are joyless..." Eh, joyless?! That's puzzling to us because back in the good ol' days these delightful ladies seemed to be bursting with joy when it came down to giving violent recommendations:

"And what will YOU be giving up for Lent?"
AH, the trick questions that brought sure and quick violence. Didn't you miss them?
What habit or vice did they expect 8-year-olds to give up?
"Porca vacca", those representatives of Christ all knew the standard answer was always TV and candy!
And they all knew we spent every Easter vacation watching cartoons and eating chocolate bunnies!

Pope: "...who may smile with the smile of a flight attendant but not with the smile of joy that comes from within." "Cacchio", this is a given. We would have been more than happy to have gone to First Communion and Confirmation classes with flight attendants. The phony smiles, juice, extra pillow, blanket...and our choice of chicken or beef on "no-meat Fridays" during Lent could have only helped strengthen our faith.

Pope: "Nuns must not be too spiritual, and must endeavor to be experts in humanity..." Does he mean like the ones that ditched the habits, dressed "normally" and went undercover at the playgrounds and malls? The sisters passing as ordinary folk...forcing the children to go back on red alert?

Pope: "...live together like members of a happy, loving family." No, there was no happiness and love in class...especially for the boys. Look, nobody in class was safe but we'll never understand why the ratio of physical rage against boys vs that of girls was about five to one. Thanks for the holy discrimination. "Grazie." Much appreciated.

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